Center Star in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Center (Centre) Star
Center Star was spelled Centre Star into the 1900s. The name evolved from the US Postal Service, which served remote areas by "star routes." The Post Office here, which existed from 1850 to 1914 (except between 1902 and 1913), was the center of a star route for this section of the county, thus Centre Star. This area is one of the oldest settlements in Lauderdale County. Settlers arriving in the early 1800s found both Chickasaw and Cherokee Indians. At one time, their dividing line overlapped here. Remains of Indian villages were found southwest of this location. The land south of Center Star was fertile and was sought by cotton planters desiring the "old fields" cleared by the Indians. Plantations established throughout the area included: Phillips/Taylor, Cunningham, Douglas, and Williams. Communities near here were Bellview, Big Oak and Houstontown. The Bellview Road ran from the mouth of the Bluewater Creek to Center Star. Center Star has the oldest active Methodist congregation in Lauderdale County: it was organized near the mouth of Bluewater Creek in June 1818. It later move near Center Star and was named Driskill's Chapel about 1893. In later years, it was renamed Center Star Methodist Church.
Erected 2015 by East Lauderdale Historical Society
Location. 34° 51.678′ N, 87° 27.292′ W. Marker is in Center Star, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is at the intersection of Lee Highway (U.S. 72) and Big Oak (County Route 107), on the right when traveling east on Lee Highway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6620 US 72, Killen AL 35645, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mitchell Town Community (approx. 0.9 miles away); Jesse James Gang Canal Payroll Robbery/Trial of Frank James (approx. 1.2 miles away); Cherokee Chief Doublehead's village around 1800 (approx. 2½ miles away); Daniel White (approx. 2½ miles away); Elgin/Elgin Crossroads (approx. 3.7 miles away); Springfield Community 1810/Springfield Church and School (approx. 4.2 miles away); Covington/Second Creek / Wheeler Dam/Lake (approx. 4.8 miles away); Town of Killen (approx. 4.9 miles away).
Categories. • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 13, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 396 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 13, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.